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Reading the latest paranormal romance or rereading a favorite series? Questions on the books? Trouble getting a book? We can probably help you out!

Just post in comments and we’ll answer you back as best we can! (Yeah — you have to scroll down to read the latest comment. Sorry about that. I have to figure out if I can put the most recent comment first. But we’re commenting on here!)


1. Diana McCabe - April 14, 2009

I am finishing up Christine Feehan’s MURDER GAME and then I have to finish Kresley Cole’s KISS OF A DEMON KING. Coming to me via amazon.com mail: DRAGON ACTUALLY by G.A. Aiken; THE DARKEST NIGHT by Gena Showalter. Forgot to get Cassandra Clare’s 1st — CITY OF BONES (so just ordered it.)

2. Diana McCabe - April 23, 2009

Got my hands on the sequel to WICKED LOVELY by Melissa Marr. So am just powering through FRAGILE ETERNITY. I love all of this fae stuff. I like the quotes she has listed at each chapter. Kind of makes you wanna go back to those old texts. Anyone else reading this now? Bet you can figure out who Ash wants to wind up with — but will she?

3. Diana McCabe - May 13, 2009

Just finished Gena Showalter’s THE DARKEST NIGHT. Most interested in how the curses are lifted from the immortals who messed up with Pandorda’s Box.

Almost done with Janet Chapman’s MOONLIGHT WARRIOR — which has time-traveling Scots.

And then it is back to the RITA finalist list …. gotta get them all read before the announcement.

4. scooper - May 19, 2009

I don’t normally read young adult books, but a co-worker gave me City of Bones by Cassandra Clare to read and I’m really enjoying it.

Diana McCabe - May 20, 2009

I loved her book but haven’t continued on to the second one yet. When you’re done … lemme know and I’ll tell you why!!!!!!


Shannon - September 12, 2010

I read the entire City of Bones Trilogy and I am thinking about going through it again just to see if I missed anything. It took me a while to get into, but once I did I got other friends hooked as well. Why didn’t you want to finish them?

5. Mindi ferrari - August 2, 2009

I started reading Wake and Fade by Lisa Mcmann. Being older didn’t matter with this book. It was written different then any book I have ever read or seen and the I just the the characters. its a great romance..

6. Diana McCabe - August 2, 2009

I will have to check out Lisa McMann’s series. I’ve heard good things about it. (She has a cool Web site!) Thanks.

7. Diana McCabe - August 2, 2009

I am juggling a couple of books right now. Reading — at long last — Alyson Noel’s Blue Moon and (a semi-paranormal bc the heroine has “the sight” — Hannah Howell’s If He’s Wicked. Finished up Dead and Gone and Hidden Currents. Accidentally ordered Faefever — which I read in hardback last year. Next up: Am told Dying Bites by D.D. Barant is a must read. So ordering that, too.

8. D Salvagin - September 12, 2009

I’ve just finished D.B. Reynolds JABRIL the second in her VAMPIRES IN AMERICA series, her first was RAPHAEL. These are both fantastic Urban Fantasy Romances. Next I’m going to start Jeanne C. Steins Anna Strong series.

9. Diana McCabe - September 27, 2009

Slow going but finishing up some books I’ve had stacked up to read, including Dying Bites by D.D. Barant. Just ordered the Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter “Deep Kiss of Winter.”

10. D Salvagin - September 27, 2009

I just finished Secrets In The Shadows by Jenna Black. Darn! I didn’t know it was the second in a series. Now I have to read #1 and #3. I will say it can stand alone, but only with the hints she sprinkles throughout that refer to the first.

I just ordered Lynsay Sands new Rogue Hunter. I love those Argeneau vamps. Yum!

Diana McCabe - October 1, 2009

OK — I tried Lynsay Sands a long time ago. So long ago I can’t remember the novel. But I couldn’t get into it. So I should give her Argeneau vamps a shot? Which book do you like the best? Can I read them out of order? Thanks!


D Salvagin - October 2, 2009

I started with #3 which hooked me and then I went to read #1 and #2 and so on. I think it helps to read them in order because they do flow chronologically. Next to the Sookie Series these are my favorite “Light Paranormal Romances”. Why? Because both Sookie and Argeneaus are funny without being silly like so many other ‘chick-lits’. here is Lynsay Sands site so you can see the order of the series.

11. Diana McCabe - October 1, 2009

I just downloaded Kresley Cole’s free novella “The Warload Wants Forever.” This is a prequel to the rest of her Immortals After Dark series. I’ve read all of those. My fave in that is still “A Hunger Like No Other.” (OK — I will admit I printed out the novella. I need an electronic book reader — like a Kindle or something.)


12. Diana McCabe - October 2, 2009

Re Argeneaus — OK — I will give those a shot. If you like the Sookie books and these, then I’ll prolly like ’em. Thanks. (I just picked up 3 Gena Showalter books … I need a reading vacation!)


13. M. Malave - October 7, 2009

Oct. 7, 2009

Read Marked, Betrayed, Chosen, Untamed and Hunted. Waiting for the 6th book, Tempted coming out on 11/2009 all by P.C. Cast & Kristen Cast.
Read City of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass all by Cassandra Clare.
Read Evermore, Bluemoon. Waiting for the 3rd book Shadowland coming out on 2/2010 all by Alyson Noel.
Read Wicked Lovely, Ink Exchanged, Fragile Eternity all by Melissa
Read Intertwined by Gena Showalter. Looking for other books by her.
Read Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin.
Read Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith.
Read Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breakin Dawn all by Stephanie Meyer.
All of these books I read are awesome!!!!!

Read intertwined by Gena Showalter. Looking up more books by her to read.
Read Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin.
Read Tanta

Diana McCabe - October 7, 2009

I’m about to interview Gena Showalter via email. She has a wide range of paranormals. Holler if you have any questions you’d like me to ask!!!

You might try her Lords of the Underworld series: http://members.cox.net/genashowalter/

Anyone else out there have a Gena book they’d recommend? (Or questions? I’ve got to email her before the weekend.)


p.s. Next up: C.L. Wilson. QUEEN comes out Oct. 27

14. Diana McCabe - October 20, 2009

Just finishing the Kresley Cole/Gena Showalter book. So far, so good. Will post something on that soon. Anyone read the Riley Jensen series? I’m getting a copy of “Bound for Shadows” sent to me. Yup — interview coming up with Keri Arthur. Also — Gena Showalter interview still on — but she’s on her book tour so I might not have that for a bit. One other interview that’s pending …. Susan Crowley, who just released a novella e-book called WHEN LOVE SURVIVES. And last but not least — C.L. Wilson is up for an interview but I gotta get her the questions. Ahhhhh — I’m so behind!

But it will all come together.


15. D Salvagin - October 25, 2009

I got my fabulous prize package from Chloe Neill with a signed copy of FRIDAY NIGHT BITES. Loved it! and can’t wait for FIRESPELL.

I am currently reading the Larissa Ione, Demonica series. I just finsihed PLEASURE UNBOUND and have started DESIRE UNCHAINED. Lots of sex and violence with an assortment of demons. Not entirely my cup of ghoul but certainly well written and I do need to stretch once in awhile.

Hubby has finished THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown so that has been added to my TBR pile.

16. Lisa Champ - October 30, 2009

Just finished the first two books in Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie’s Wicked Series – Witch & Curse. Next to read the next two books in the series – Legacy & Spellbound.

After that on my stack to read is newest House of Night – Tempted, Keri Arthur’s Bound to Shadows and the fourth book in Sergei Lukyanenko’s NightWatch series – Last Watch (not paranormal romance, but good old sci fi)

Diana McCabe - October 31, 2009

Hey Lisa — I’m almost done with Keri Arthur’s BOUND TO SHADOWS so can bring that in so you can read. Hope to finish it this weekend! — Diana

17. Lisa Champ - November 8, 2009

Finished the fifth and final book of Holder & Viguie’s Wicked series – Resurrection. Meh. I found the series to be a bit disappointing.

I am now onto Tempted.

Diana McCabe - November 8, 2009

On the WICKED series …. why did you find it disappointing?


Lisa Champ - November 8, 2009

I found the characters to be underdeveloped, events would just pop up that felt as if they were really just an aferthought and didn’t make sense, little explanation regarding certain bits throughout…

I didn’t find it completely retched, and it was diverting, but I’ve read much better. I know it is supposed to be a young adult series, but I couldn’t really tell who they thought their audience was, or if the authors think that younger readers don’t mind subpar writing.

But, that is only my humble opinion. πŸ™‚

alikiya - December 27, 2009

Oh, I’ve read that series before. I also found it quite disappointing. It started off well, and then the ending just fell from all expectations, in my opinion.

buffy bot - July 27, 2010

I really enjoyed the series. I like how it didn’t dwell on the romance and that the authors were willing to have the main character NOT be perfect and just do what needed to be done. I think that they did stuff most authors are not willing to do.
I do agree with the way it was written. It does kind of seem to not flow well. Maybe its the two author thing and they just didn’t work together well, or maybe they had a crappy editor.

18. Diana McCabe - November 8, 2009

Want to try Alyson Noel’s first in her series: Evermore? She is releasing the third book shortly and you can meet her in OC at the B&N near Mainplace. You can read the first two books pretty quickly. Lemme know and I’ll bring ’em in! — Diana

19. Lisa Champ - November 8, 2009

Absolutely. I was reading the backs the first two the other day at B&N. I would appreciate the loan. Thanks!

20. D Salvagin - November 16, 2009

I’ve been down with a cold so I finished Marta Acosta’s Casa Dracula series. Loved bk#1 and #3. #2 felt rushed to me.

I also read Nalini Singh’s “Angels’ Blood”. A bit gory for my taste. About Archangel Raphael and a Vampire Hunter. In Singh’s world Angels create vampires. Weird! This is supposed to be the first in a series.

I won a copy of Max Turner’s “Night Runner” way back in Sept. and it just came in today’s mail. I think this is a YA novel.

I’ve also finished off some short stories in some anthologies which I will blog about real soon.

I started Jim butcher’s “Backup” just today. It’s a really slim book so I should be done by bedtime.

Diana McCabe - November 16, 2009

Hope you’re feeling better. I’ve been down with something, too, but getting back into the swing of things manana!

re Nalini Singh. I haven’t read the new series. I’ve read all of her psy changeling series — and some of those I like/don’t like. But in general, I like her world building.

Tomorrow here in Orange County, Alyson Noel has a book signing for the release of SHADOWLAND, the third book in her YA Immortal series. She is a local author and super nice. Trying to decide if I have enough energy to go to the signing. Went to one earlier this year for her.

And then on Friday, Chapman University has an Asian film festival that will feature an opening night presentation of the vampire movie THIRST, from S. Korean director Park Chan Wook, who will be there for the screening as well. I will blog about that manana. (but my head hurts now as well as rest of me so gonna sign off and call it a short night!)


21. D Salvagin - November 16, 2009

Sorry to hear you are sick also! Get well quick! Be sure and tell about the movie. You are lucky to have genre authors in your area. I’m 2 hours out of NYC so they all go to the city bookstores and leave us in the sticks with local authors who seem to only write about the Hudson River. sigh

22. knead2bake - November 17, 2009

I just finished some pretty good books. Chloe Neill’s Friday Night Bites is a pretty good second book in the series. The writing is funny and the plot line is interesting. Couldn’t believe the author weaves in references to Mr. Darcy from P & P!

Also enjoyed Kelley Armstrong’s latest in the Clay and Elena saga, Frostbitten. Lately I have enjoyed Armstrong’s Darkest Powers series, the YA series with Awakening, more than her Women and Men of the Underworld books. This book brought back my interest.

Yesterday finished the latest in Harper Collins series by Charlaine Harris. Its been a long wait for this installment in the series, but I really liked it. I think I enjoy her Lily Bard and Harper Collins series more than the Sookie’s latest adventures.

On my tbr pile: Barb Hendee’s Hunting Memories and Ilona Andrews’ On the Edge. Hope they good reads!

23. D Salvagin - November 22, 2009

Since I am just getting my strength back from that dang head cold, I didn’t want to expend energy running errands so I went to the library and bookstore instead of to the supermarket. Hey! a girls gotta have priorities. Well….the library had a book sale. Yay! I scored all of these for $1 each:
1. Kenyon’s One Silent Night
2. J.D. Robb’s Bump In The Night (anthology)
3. Mario Acevedo’s X-Rated Blood Suckers(gotta love that title)
4. Harrris’ Dead Until Dark (of course I have this one on the keeper shelf but now I have one to loan out without breaking up my series.)

Non Paranormal scores: Diane Mott Davidson’s The Main Course; Rachel Gibson’s Not Another Bad Date: Howard’s Mr. Perfect. AND Real Men Do It Better, an anthology of stories….ah-hem…actually more of a how-to, sex manual.

Enough is never enough so I stopped at the used-paperback store and got two by Kathryn Smith Be MineTonight and Night of the Huntress. I also got Maggie Shayne’s Lover’s Bite.

I do believe the TBR pile is almost “as high as an elephant’s eye and it looks like its reaching clear up to the sky” (from the musical “Oklahoma”. Of course, the hero was singing about corn and I’m hoping for better in these books.)

Diana McCabe - November 22, 2009

Wow — What a bookfest! I am glad you’re feeling better. Ditto on my end. Still — I slept a ton yesterday. Finishing up SHADOWLAND. And will post your review of the anthologies later today (which was great!). I didn’t know you read Kenyon’s stuff. I haven’t read anything recently from her. Ummm — some of her stories I enjoy and others not so much. She does produce a lot! (I’ve gotta run to the supermarket today …. so that comes first!)


D Salvagin - November 23, 2009

Yes, I read Kenyon. I also have on hand Bad Moon Rising. I have read most of hers and I was disappointed in Acheron. I thought she trivialized him. There were some of hers I loved and many I didn’t, but that’s how it goes with most long series. Blessed are those who stick to trilogies. Although now that I say that, I’m thinking if DB Reynolds doesn’t write a ton of her Vampire in America series I will be grieving.
I started Adrian Pheonix’s The Rush of Wings and I think it will be my next pick. Very vampire, very urban more to it than meets the eye.

24. Lisa Champ - November 25, 2009

Finished Noel’s Evermore Monday evening and Blue Moon last night. I don’t know what I think of these two, really. I am rather disappointed. There are so many elements that seem very familiar and that I’ve either read or seen before. Meh.

Diana McCabe - November 25, 2009

Wow — that was fast! I liked Blue Moon a lot more than the first book. Will holler on Shadowland. (re familiar elements — I seem to notice it a lot more in the YA books then the overall genre, but could just be me!)

OK — curious if you get to the Moning series.


Lisa Champ - November 25, 2009

Yeah, I kinda mowed through Blue Moon last night. I’m not entirely sure which book I’ll start next. πŸ™‚

25. D Salvagin - December 6, 2009

I finished Agnes and the Hitman by J. Crusie and B. Mayer. Very funny, very good read, not paranormal.
Today I started a library book of Hidden Currents by C. Feehan and got to the sex torture part and couldn’t go on.
I read what I think is my first fantasy romance book. Dragon Actually by G.A. Akin. This book sucked me in and I was living in the world of dragons. This is the Book club pick for December over on Dirty Sexy Books.com. I’ll be looking forward to reading what the club members think of it.
I had another first, Paranormal Historical Vampire Romance, Be Mine Tonight by Kathryn Smith. Might just have to write about this one. I usually read contemporary paranormals so this was a departure for me.

Diana McCabe - December 6, 2009

I loved Dragon Actually!!! She has other books in the series, but I haven’t read them yet. Some folks say they don’t live up to Dragon Actually but since I haven’t read ’em — can’t say if that’s true or not. re Hidden Currents — this was probably the most disturbing of C. Feehan’s novels. She definitely has taken some grief from her fans over this and I know it was difficult for her to write about the sex torture stuff. But she also believes that shedding light on victims — that you can rebuild after a trauma — is part of what she wanted her message to be on that one.

I think I will go see Laurell K. Hamilton this Tuesday because she is in town here in Huntington Beach, CA., and just blog on what she says. I have never taken to the Meredith Gentry series (her latest release), but I know it has a lot of fans.

Am reading on my Kindle Karen Chance’s latest — Curse the Dawn … book No. 5 in her Cassandra Palmer series.


26. Lisa Champ - December 7, 2009

I just finished Hamilton’s Swallowing Darkness. It was a nice change that this book didn’t jump from one sex scene to the next like her books have been doing for a while now.

Diana McCabe - December 7, 2009

Yah — There’s hope after all. Thanks. She just posted some stuff on her blog about Flirt. (she opted for posting Flirt stuff bc book No. 8 for Merry Gentry is out manana.)


27. D Salvagin - December 17, 2009

Diana, I’m just finishing the third in the G A Aiken Dragon Kin series. I really liked the first, Dragon Actually, but the second was not quite as engrossing but #3 is really terrific. She has #4 coming out next year. Since you liked the first you will like the other two.

I read Patricia Briggs’ BONE CROSSED. Loved it!

Two books (that I won) came in the mail this week. It was like an early Christmas. Paperback of BITTER NIGHT by Diana Pharaoh Francis and hardcover of 9 DRAGONS by Michael Connelly.
I also picked up Keri Arthur’s BOUND TO SHADOWS and Dru Pagliosotti’s CLOCKWORK HEART. The TBR pile grows. If I didn’t have Christmas shopping and gift wrapping then maybe I could reduce the stack a bit.

28. Diana McCabe - December 17, 2009

Hey Dot — I can’t wait for the next Patricia Briggs’ book. SILVER BORNE due out in March! Yup — I love Mercy and the whole nifty world she lives in. I always read those books super fast!

re TBR pile — I hear ya. I can’t get caught up! (Have U read any of Keri Arthur’s other stuff besides the Riley series? Her Myth and Magic? Nope — I haven’t … just curious.) Also — did U see that Kathryn Smith commented on the book pick?!!! Yah!

I am reading one of the anthologies you liked — My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding!

Thanks for the tip on the Dragon series!


D Salvagin - December 18, 2009

Diana, Bone Crossed was my first Patricia Briggs book. I will definitely read more.

I e-mailed Kathryn Smith and told her I was going to post her series as a “pick” on your blog. She must have followed daily because I didn’t tell her when it would be up.

29. D Salvagin - December 29, 2009

I just last week reread Jeannine Frost’s ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE. Why did I reread? My reaction to Frost’s series the first time I read it was that I didn’t like it. I thought it borderline immoral and I’m the last person to be the morality police or prudish. So, because so many people seemed to think she was the Cat’s meow (pardon the pun) I thought perhaps I’d been too hasty in my judgement. Unfortunately my initial assessment stands. I guess I will have to just agree to disagree with the majority on this one.

Now I’m reading Chloe Neill’s SOME GIRLS BITE and loving it. I may reread her sequel FRIDAY NIGHT BITES which I read first. I did this backwards but it’s a very good read. Worthy of a mention as a “pick” for January. do read them in order.

30. D Salvagin - January 6, 2010

I just finished two Steampunk books. Soulless by Gail ACarriger and Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliasotti. Didn’t much care for Soulless, liked Clockwork Heart but thought parts dragged some. Maybe Steampunk isn’t my genre du jour.

Now I must read “Grave Secret” by Charlaine Harris since I got it out of the library and they will want it back. I think I’ll start it tonight.

geobun - January 11, 2010

I read Soulless after reading rave reviews. I also did not care for it. Read Clockwork Heart and I think you are right when you describe some parts as dragging.

Did you read Grave Secret? I really enjoyed it!

31. Diana McCabe - January 9, 2010

Just finished Really Angelic. A Pride and Prejudice paranormal. Not my cup of tea. The author, Enid Wilson, has graciously agreed to an interview …. on what happens when folks tell her they don’t like her novel. (She has a previous book — Bargain with the Devil — that was based on a P&P storyline but is not a paranormal. She is a big fan of Jane Austen.)

32. sandra mccabe - January 11, 2010

Hey Diana! This is your sister!! I was looking at the pics of your stash of books and saw Shadowland. Can you dig that book out from under your bed or from your car trunk and mail it to me?

I love that series.


Diana McCabe - January 12, 2010

It’s actually in my closet. One of the easier ones to locate. It’s all yours. (See latest post on the blog? Look familiar? I bet we’d like his books!


33. Lisa Champ - January 11, 2010

I am starting to get annoyed with all of these P&P based books. I will admit that I greatly enjoyed P&P&Z, but that was so humorous and fresh. I’ve read the synopses of numerous other P&P based books and just want to shutter. I just love P&P so much! Ok, I shall cease my rant.

I have just read the first three books in De La Cruz’a Blue Bloods series (Blue Bloods, Masquerade & Revelations), and I am almost halfway through the fourth, The Van Alen Legacy. They are extremely fast reads – I read the first three in a few hours apiece. I am enjoying the story and world – vampires, good, evil, the usual… It is nice to have a easy read that you don’t have to think about at all.

Diana McCabe - January 12, 2010

I’m gonna ask the author that very question … what’s with the P&P based books. Gotta send that interview off to her. Have you read any of Alexandra Ivy’s Guardians series? She’s agreed to an interview. I like her series …. good vs evil …. I’m also burning out fast on YA …. guess I’m too old.


Lisa Champ - January 12, 2010

No, I haven’t read the Guardians series. Is that the one with the cats? If so, it looked a bit squirrely to me.

34. D Salvagin - January 27, 2010

Here is what I read in January (yes, it is COLD and I’ve been hybernating). I thought I’d give them my own 5 star ratings if you want to know why I rated them a particular way just e-mail me at salvagin@verizon.net
Ratings: *****= awesome
**** = liked it a lot
*** = liked it
** = didn’t like it
* = hated it, maybe couldn’t finish
1. Soulless by Carriger **
2. Clockwork Heart by Pagliasotti ***
3. Beyond the Dark (Anthology erotic)***
4. Grave Secrets by C. Harris ****
5. Bound To Shadows by K. Arthur ****
6. Bitter Night by D. P. Francis ***
7. Twilight Hunger by M.Shayne ****
8. Bitten by Cupid (PNR Anthology)***
9. Firespell by C. Neill **
10. Ravenous by S. Ashwood ****
11. Faro’s Daughter by G. Heyer ***
Currently I’m reading L. Adrian’s Shades of Midnight and M. Conolly’s 9 Dragons. Then I will dive into S. Ashwood’s Scorched. I seem to be strongly leaning toward Urban Fantasy Romance and leaning strongly away from the Young Adult genre.

35. Lisa Champ - February 4, 2010

Most recently I’ve read the YA book Shiver. It was ok, but I took a ridiculous amount of time reading it. Then, Adrian’s Shades of Midnight, which I enjoyed very much. I can’t recall if the back of the book foretold which Breed member would be at the center of the next book, but I hope it’s Harvard. He really needs his story told, because he is in a freaky-weird place right now. Then, read Cole’s No Rest for the Wicked (thanks, Diana), which I liked very much. The females in that series are wicked funny. Now, I am almost finished with Ione’s Ecstasy Unveiled, which I am also enjoying a great bit.

D Salvagin - February 4, 2010

Lisa, I love the Midnight Breed books too. I think the next book is about Brock. Harvard has had a running story line through almost all the books so I don’t know if he will get his own. I do think Adrian will continue to run with his story.

If you like some “funny” along with vamps then you must read Lynsay Sands’ Argeneau series. They are laugh out loud in some parts. Have you read them?

Diana McCabe - February 4, 2010

Dot — I hear you’ve got a big snow storm headed your way!!!! Stay warm! (Sent you an email last nite — will post book pick tonite … I just need to load in a couple of images!)


Lisa Champ - February 4, 2010

It makes sense that Brock would be next as there hasn’t been much regarding him in the books thus far. Harvard is intriguing since he has basically done a 180 since his first appearance, and he is getting more reckless and withdrawn with each book.

I haven’t read any of the Argeneau series yet. Sands is on my list to read at some point, though.

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37. Shae - February 8, 2010

I am reading Joss Ware’s new book Beyond the Night & the 2nd book comes out tomorrow. It’s a story about 5 people who survive the apocalypse and wake up 50 years later. A couple of them have new special powers! It’s suspenseful and leaves you wanting more. I can’t wait for the new book to come out tomorrow. I never thought I would like a post-apocalyptic romance that included zombies, but I am loving this new series! If you’ve read the Gardella Series by Colleen Gleason this is her new series just under a new pen name.

38. Lori V - February 15, 2010

I love your blog! Thanks for posting upcoming releaeses (I made a list) Right now I’m reading Blaze of Memory by Nalini Singh. It’s her Psy-Changeling series and set in the future ,Love it!

Diana McCabe - February 15, 2010

I should try and interview Nalini. I am a big fan of her Psy-Changeling series. She has some other good series as well. Thanks for stopping by! Good to know what folks are reading!

39. Lisa Champ - February 16, 2010

I have recently finished Showalter’s Darkest Kiss, Darkest Pleasure and Darkest Whisper – currently reading Kelley Armstrong’s Dime Store Magic.

Diana McCabe - February 17, 2010

Sooo — did u like Showalter’s books? I watched Olympics tonite. Gonna read Kresley Cole’s latest tho. I have 2 book blurbs I could post, too. Next interview is prolly gonna be Lucy Monroe.


Lisa Champ - February 17, 2010

I did. I like the characters and the women that belong with each of the Lords. There are plenty more Lords that she can devote more books to. I would like to read stories about both Strider and Gideon.

I have the next few in the Women of the Underworld series on my TBR stack. And, at some point I want to get to the third book in that Kresley Cole series.

40. Lisa Champ - March 3, 2010

Recently I’ve read:

Hunting Ground – Patricia Briggs
Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night – Kresley Cole
Playing with Fire – Katie MacAlister
Up in Smoke – MacAlister
and, I’ve just started MacAlister’s Me and My Shadow

Diana McCabe - March 3, 2010

Do you like Katie MacAlister? I loved her dragon series. She has a podcast you can download from her site. (I don’t get into all of her books … but she does write a lot so many to choose from!)

I’ve finished a slew of books and now have some book picks to put up. But on my to get list: Wilderness by Dennis Danvers. One of the authors was talking about it on Twitter so now I’m gonna get it.


Lisa Champ - March 3, 2010

These three are Silver Dragon books, and I’ve enjoyed them quite a bit. There are some very funny parts and characters. I haven’t read the Aisling Grey series, although she and Drake do appear in these books. I might, at some point, go back and read that series.

I just got the first Alexandra Ivy Guardian book, so that is now on my tbr stack, and I have the next few books in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark that I’ve checked out from the Orange Public Library (that’s where I’ve gotten the MacAlister books) – hooray for checking books out for free!

Diana McCabe - March 3, 2010

The Aisling Grey series is fun. Drake is a hottie! Literally. But it’s just a light series that will make you laugh, too!

41. Dot S. - March 3, 2010

I have strayed this month. A blogger friend recommended Lisa Kleypas’ romances to me and I picked up BLUE EYED DEVIL at the library. This is really the second of a trilogy which starts with SUGAR DADDY and ends with SMOOTH TALKING STRANGER. Yup I got suckered into reading all three and then tore through the used paperback store looking for more. Now I’m staring her Hathaway Series. Have I forsaken vampires? Of ourse not, surely you jest. I started Jenna Maclaine’s Cin Craven Series with WAGES OF SIN.

Diana McCabe - March 3, 2010

Oh — Lisa Kleypas is totally worth straying for! I love her Wallflower series …. fun/light Regency/historicals. Afraid there’s not a single shifter or vamp in them but lots of bodices and conflicted men!

42. geobun - March 3, 2010

Read this spoiler on Monings upcoming Shadowfever:
“Its funny the things people say when someone dies.
He/she is in a better place. How the f#ck do you know that?
Life goes on. That’s supposed to comfort me. I am excruiatingly aware that life goes on. It hurts every damn second. How lovely to know that its going to continue like this. Thank you for reminding me.
Time Heals. No it doesn’t. At best, time is the great leveler sweeping us all into coffins. We find ways to distract ourselves from the pain. Time is neither scapel or bandage. It is indifferent. Scar tissue is not a good thing. It is merely the wounds other face.
I live with the specter of Alina every day. Now I will live with this ghost too. I walk between them one on my right, one on my left. They will talk to me incessantly. I’ll never escape bridged between my two greatest failures.”

Diana McCabe - March 3, 2010

OK — so I’d seen that on Monday in her newsletter but then didn’t wanna think too hard on it because at the end of the last book you wonder if something happened to barrons .. I have not gone onto her message boards yet. She’s supposed to give us a paragraph a month … or something like that.

What do you think? argh.


geobun - March 4, 2010

I am upset. I think Barrons is dead. I can’t stand it. How will I wait until the book comes out or the next paragraph is released. Maybe I should think about something else?

43. Dot S. - March 29, 2010

I have been reading genres all over the map. As I mentioned previously, I was in a romantic mood with Lisa Kleypas books. I have devoured all of the Wallflower series and half of the Hathaway series. Wanting to know what all the talk was about I read Moning’s DARK FEVER and liked it. I took BLOODFEVER out at the library and have not been able to get into it. I did like her SPELL OF THE HIGHLANDER. See I must still be in that romantic mood because I also read FOREVER AMBER by K. Winsor and loved it. And I’m not one who ever before thought historicals were worth my time. Strange! I read THE MALTESE FALCON for an online book club and loved it. Watched the movies made from it too. I got into Time Travel books because of that same book club and reread OUTLANDER and for the first time Linda Howard’s KILLING TIME. I’m back to PNR with R. Mead’s SUCCUBUS BLUES and K.Love’s WHAT DEMON WANTS.

44. Dot S. - March 29, 2010

Got this in a newsletter from Lara Adrian:

Rest assured, for those of you who’ve asked, I have not forgotten about Sterling Chase. I’ve had plans for Harvard since he first swaggered onto the page in Kiss of Crimson, and he will finally get his turn in the spotlight in Book 10. I’ve been champing at the bit to give him his story–and the very special heroine I’ve been saving for him all along. πŸ™‚

Lisa Champ - March 29, 2010

Yes!! I’m so looking forward to Harvard’s book!! Thanks for passing this along, Dot!

45. Lisa Champ - March 29, 2010

Recently, I’ve read a bunch of the Immortals After Dark series and just finished books 4, 5 & 6 of Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Underworld. Today I started the first book of Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan books, Storm Born and am just over halfway through. It’s quite engaging. Good stuff!

46. van p. - April 3, 2010

I love Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan series…Iron Crowned isn’t coming out till 2011 😦

I’m currently reading ‘Nice Girls don’t Live Forever’ by Molly Harper, very fun series.

47. Diana McCabe - April 11, 2010

Am finally reading Nalini Singh’s ANGELS’ BLOOD. Also have DD Barant’s DEATH BLOWS. (Might do a Q&A with DD — altho can’t figure out if she’s a made up person or what …..)

Also coming up: An interview with Teresa D Amario’s Rylander — from DARK SUCCESSION, book No. 2 in her True Mate series. AND — my first “dude” interview with Chris Farnsworth author of the upcoming BLOOD OATH. (Anyone with questions? Send ’em my way!)



48. geobun - April 14, 2010

I just finished Lori Armstrong’s Blood Ties. I really enjoyed it. It is not a paranormal romance book. The main character is a private investigator, but a tough chick. And there is a romance. Anyone out there read this series?

49. Lisa Champ - April 14, 2010

I’m finally reading the Mercy Thompson series. I’ve motored through Moon Called and Blood Bound and am about to start Iron Kissed. It’s such a captivating series. I’ve read and enjoyed the Alpha and Omega books, so it certainly makes sense that I would like Mercy, too!

Diana McCabe - April 15, 2010

Yay! Isn’t it an interesting series?! I just finished the latest in the series and it was good. Did you see my 2 posts on Patricia Briggs from last week? One of ’em has her reading a tiny bit from the book. She is really cool!


50. Dot S. - April 15, 2010

I’m on a Linda Howard kick. I’ve never read an author like her that is so all over the map with good and bad reads. However, even her not so good books are better than many others I’ve read. You all have to read CRY NO MORE if you haven’t already. It is fabulous!

I won three Michelle Hauf novels online from her Wicked Games Series. I think these will be my next reads after I get all the Howard’s back to the library. I preordered the next Sookie book from Amazon along with 4 other books. The TBR pile is growing exponentially.

51. Dot S. - April 24, 2010

Right now I’m reading Cynthia Eden’s HOTTER AFTER MIDNIGHT. I finished Linda Howard’s BURN and put her BLOOD BORN on order along with Ward’s new one, LOVER MINE (?).

Lara Adrian sent me an apologetic, lovely letter. I had requested book plates from her last December when she made an offer. I didn’t get them but thought she was a busy author and she just had not got around to sending them. It turns out my request letter got misplaced and she had only just found it, so she sent me the bookplates, 7 bookmarks and a key chain and the nice personal letter. Now that is taking good care of a fan!

52. Connie O. - April 29, 2010

Just finished “The Masters of Time” series by Brenda Joyce. They are good with paranormal, time travel, demons, and of course a good love story in each book. Loved them and are looking forward to more.

Have all of KMM’s books in my home library. Daegus being my favorite character of all of them. But each book is great in it’s own right. Also loved Adam Black character.

Also love Sandra Hill and have all her books in my library. Her time traveling Vikings are my favs.

Diana McCabe - April 29, 2010

Ahhh — I think we have found a time traveler fan! Yay! I have not read Brenda Joyce (she is in my TBR pile), but have read some of Sandra Hill’s books. And or course — love KMM. (I like Daegus but Adam Black is my fave!) Have you read any of Lynn Kurland’s books? She mixes time travel/romance and little bit of paranormal/magic! I’m trying to get my sister to give me a book pick on the latest Kurland release — One Enchanted Evening — which was just released this week!

Let me know if you ‘d like to contribute to the blog! Dot in New York offers up a book pick each month and she usually reads vampire books. Be fun to have someone who loves the time travel books! (I love ’em but have only blogged on Kurland’s other releases.) It’s all just for fun! But think about it and let me know. They are just short blurbs and I do all of the links and stuff. In fact — getting ready to post something Dot sent me!

Thanks for visiting the blog!


Dot S. - April 29, 2010

Connie, Diana, Have you read SEDUCING MR DARCY by Gwen Cready? I thought it a fun time travel romance.

Diana McCabe - April 29, 2010

Hey Dot — I haven’t read that one but did read her first book TUMBLING THROUGH TIME. It was really fun! (Working on your Jenna Black post right now! Should be up shortly!!!!!)


53. Connie O. - May 2, 2010

Hi there!!
No, haven’t read the Kurland books yet. Nor have I read Gwen Cready’s books. Will put them on my list of must reads, in between reading my Viking books!! And I’m really not into the vampire stuff, so glad someone else really is. Right now I seem to be stuck on Brenda Joyce and Karen Hawkins. Almost finished with “The Game” by Joyce.

I will let you know about the blog. Have to think on it.

Connie :))))

Diana McCabe - May 3, 2010

Oh — no worries on blog. In fact — it’s just nice to have another time traveler commenting. Keep on reading! (I just went and got the latest Lynn Kurland book) Here’s a previous post on her stuff: http://ow.ly/1GzJi


54. Dot S. - May 5, 2010

I went to Dollar Tree and found a treasure trove of paperback novels. This is a national dollar store chain so it might be worth the effort to check it out in your state. Here is what I picked up.
Nina Bangs:

C.L. Wilson:

Marjorie M. Liu:

Lynsay Sands:
THE KEY (1999)

Gemma Halliday, SCANDAL SHEET(2009)
Trish Jensen, PHI BETA BIMBO (The blurb promised laughs)(2005)
Deb Stover, THE GIFT (2009)
Elisabeth Naughton, STOLEN FURY (2009)

The To BE Read pile grows exponentially.

55. Lisa Champ - May 12, 2010

Recently, I’ve read J. Frost – Halfway to the Grave, One Foot in the Grave, At Grave’s End, Destined for an Early Grave; Hamilton – Skin Trade and I’m now reading K. Harrison – Dead Witch Walking. I’m not too far into it, but I’m not sure what I think of it. I don’t know if it’s the tone or what, but I’m not really digging it yet.

Diana McCabe - May 12, 2010

Kim Harrison — Dead Witch Walking. For some reason, I could not get into her series. I know she’s really popular, too. But the tone didn’t work for me. I just wasn’t that pulled into it. Maybe I should try again.

Any Kim Harrison fans out there?

I’m trying to read Ardeur — edited by LKH — by a compilation of 14 authors writing about Anita Blake. And then I was digging around my book pile — because of the move — and I found this book called ‘Ravenous — The Dark Forgotten’ by Sharon Ashwood. Been a while since I read it but liked it. So was flipping though that … it’s about a small-town witch who “busts ghosts for tuition money.” Fun read. I think Ashwood — or whatever her real name is — has a piece in Ardeur.

I also have Jeaniene Frost’s “First Drop of Crimson.”

(You are on a reading tear!!!!!)


Lisa Champ - May 12, 2010

I’m going to try to stick with it a bit longer. I hate to give up on a book, but if I can’t get into it soon I might have to. Luckily I checked it out from the library, so no $ spent. It just isn’t very engaging thus far. The witch is a bit of a whiner.

No matter what, I’ll be reading Dead in the Family next. I only decided to start DWW so I could get it back to the library.

56. Sara Doutre - May 15, 2010

I’m a big Kim Harrison fan. It’s funny, I fell unlovely with her secondary characters, like the young gargoil who increases her power but is clumsy, and the sexy demon who is evil but I have a feeling Morgan will bring out his endearing qualities. Have you read Ilona Andrews? I have flipped a bit through your reading list and think you would love “her”. Also, a Canadian author, Kelley Armstrong. She has some amazing series’ that are captivating and intricate simular to Patricia Briggs.

Lisa Champ - June 2, 2010

I greatly enjoy Kelley Armstrong. I haven’t read Ilona Andrews, so I’ll have to check out some of her writing sometime.

57. geobun - May 23, 2010

Wondering if anyone has any thoughts on the ipad as compared to the kindle..as far as reading books? I have seen the kindle, but not the ipad. Can any books be viewed on the ipad?

Diana McCabe - May 23, 2010

It’s better than the Kindle. You can easily page through things and covers are in color. It just “reads” so much more easily. It also retains the look of a book — if that makes any sense. I find it easier to scroll. It finds my place right away etc. The only thing I don’t know — how extensive/limited the book store is. I’ve only downloaded a couple of freebies. Anyone have more experience with buying books via iPad?


58. Sara Doutre - May 24, 2010

I use ipad all the time, I sold my kindle. The ipad book stor is ok, however, you can continue to purchase you books via. Any other bookstore also. You can also read online books and shared books, which you cannot do with kindle. There are so many other things the ipad does (e-mail, serf the net, ect.) if you have a choice, the ipad is most definately better. Look at apple.com to see a preview of the device.

59. Lisa Champ - June 2, 2010

Recently read:

Dead in the Family – C. Harris
Skin Trade – LKH
Flirt – LKH
Some Girls Bite – C. Neill
Friday Night Bites – C. Neill
Pleasure for a Dark Prince – K. Cole

Right now about halfway through Divine Misdemeanors – LKH

I really, really enjoyed the two Chloe Neill books. I am really looking forward to the third book in the Chicagoland Vampires series that comes out in July!

Diana McCabe - June 2, 2010

Do you like the Meredith Gentry series? I could never get into it. I am at a standstill with reading at the moment bc of newsroom gig. I did send in a review of Blood Oath to my web buddy’s site here (http://sookiestackhouse.com/?page_id=5766). it’s second in the list if you scroll down ….. lots of interesting reviews here …. I have book pick from Dot I meant to post tonite but kind of fried so turning in early. (Are you getting the next Anita Blake book?)

Lisa Champ - June 3, 2010

I like the Meredith Gentry series well enough. Not a favorite series, though. I checked DM out from the Orange library. Some of the books in the series just seem like not a whole lot happens in them other than Merry hooking up with more guys and not enough substance. I’ve put a hold on Bullet, but I’m like sixth in the hold queue at the library, so who knows when I’ll get it. I want to read it, but not enough to actually buy it in hardback.

60. Diana McCabe - June 6, 2010

OK — getting back on track after reading BLOOD OATH. Now have in my pile:
–The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
–The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff
–Scorched by Sharon Ashwood

And coming this week, a book pic by Dot!!!! (Didn’t forget Dot. Just had a week of Blood Oath stuff …Hope your trip was good!)


61. Lisa Champ - June 7, 2010

Finished Divine Misdemeanors and just read Ward’s Lover Mine. I have Sharon Ashwood on my list of writers to read at some point – I just haven’t gotten around to reading anything of her’s yet.

62. Dot S. - June 8, 2010

Hi, I’m back from across the pond. I started Ilona andrews’ MAGIC BITES on the trip and came home and read the whole series in a week.
Loved it! Then I trundled to the Library to pick up my digital book of SHIVER for my daily walk and also got an old romance by Laura Kinsale FLOWERS FROM THE STORM. I just finished Flowers today. It is well written with only one quirk I objected to. The hero suffers a stroke and for about 3/4 of the book all the dialog to him and from him is in this garbled mess that the author never translates. annoying! But otherwise very good. Now I, just tonight, started reading Kristin Cashore’s FIRE. I liked her previous novel Graceling.

I won a book by Dee Davis DARK DECEPTIONS and one by Carolyn Crane MIND GAMES. Those are at the top of my huge TBR pile.

Lisa, Your post reminded me, I must get back to LOVER MINE. I started it before the trip and then set it aside. I read both Ravenous and Scorched by Ashwood. Loved!!! Ravenous and was disappointed in Scorched.

I’m still recovering from our whirlwind tour of Europe. It was totally fabulous but exhausting. Italy won our “Hunky Men Award” and “Fab Food & Wine award”. France got the “Nightmare Traffic award” and England won the “Best Looking guys in red coats and tall furry Hats award” Along with best shows we’ve seen in a long time award, WICKED and SISTER ACT. Traveled with my hubby and two grown daughters.

63. Sara Doutre - June 12, 2010

I’m happy you love Ilona Andrews, her edge novel is just as compelling as her other series. I’m re-reading Karen Marie moanings faefever series while I save up my $ for my next series.. Any tips? What are your top 5 all time fav. Series’ ?

Diana McCabe - June 13, 2010

Hi Sara — I love the KMM faefever series and can’t wait for the final book in December. A few other of my fave series: Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire; Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson; Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series; Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely; Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series …. and there are a ton more but I will let others weigh in!!!!! (by the by KMM has a whole time travel highlander series mixing hunky Scots, the fae and mortals …. so if you haven’t read that — check it out!)


64. Dot S. - June 13, 2010

Diana and I think alike, we have many faves in common.
I also love:
1. Lynsay Sands’ Argeneau Series for light, sexy fun (some drama too).
2. Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series. Action, sexy.
3. D.B. Reynold’s Vampires In America Series. Love,love love this one.
4. Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series.

65. Lisa Champ - June 13, 2010

I agree with the above – I love:

Harris’ Southern Vampire; Briggs’ Mercy Thompson (Alpha and Omega spinoff is good, too); Cole’s Immortals; Keri Arthur’s Riley Jensen Guardian series (final book in series just came out); Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires….

I’ve been reading many other series as well, but those are absolute favs. Also like Richelle Mead, Lara Adrian…

66. Lisa Champ - June 13, 2010

Most recently just finished Arthur’s Moon Sworn (so sad this is the last Riley Jensen book) and Cast’s Burned – this series is almost getting ridiculous. Almost nothing is happening in each book. I’m finding it annoying.

67. Connie O. - June 14, 2010

I agree with Diana McCabe on the KMM series!! Awesome hunky Highlanders, beautiful fey, and great mortals. All very well done. Can’t wait for last book!!! :))

68. Lisa Champ - June 15, 2010

Just finished Ilona Andrews’ MAGIC BITES – so good! I look forward to reading more of the Kate Daniels books.

69. Dot S. - June 19, 2010

I went to the Poughkeepsie Public Library’s book sale yesterday. Thousands of books, Thousands of People….that may be exagerating but it was held in a defunct Linen’s and Things store in a long strip mall and I had to park a zillion miles away in a Frindly’s Restaurant parking lot. I could barely get in the door and getting to the books was a nightmare. I got to the romance section and managed to secure 14 paperbacks (Linda Howard, Kleypas, Kinsale, Hunter& Phillips). I struggled to the front of the store and paid my $7 and got out of there. I may go back again tomorrow hoping the frenzy died down and I get to look at other genres. Of course I probably sacrificed selection but I was claustrophobic in there.

I’ve just finished these books:
Linda Howard’s STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT (3 short stories, one paranormal)
Emily Giffin’s SOMETHING BLUE (not parpnormal)
Lisa Kleypas’ A WALLFLOWERS CHRISTMAS (not paranormal)

I’m going through Vampire withdrawl and if it wasn’t for TRUEBLOOD I’d be a basket case. I’m going to look through my humongous TBR pile and find me a vampire book or at the very least a demon. (although truth-be-told those demons always come up short next to vampires)

Diana McCabe - June 20, 2010

I love the Lisa Kleypas stories — I just think her Wallflower series is fun. Will read any of her stuff. I’m just kicking around in the YA world for a bit. (True Blood keeping me going! Show definitely more oddball and weird but I like it!) How was your trip?


Dot S. - June 21, 2010

I’ve recently read YA. GRACELING and FIRE by Kristin Cashore. Loved both!! I just finished LEAVING PARADISE by Simone Elkeles. Definitely didn’t love it.

Our trip was fabulous!! I’m totally in love with Italy. The food! The sites! The hunky men! So-o-o-o romantic! Everyone should visit Italy. France not so much. Yes, Paris is gorgeous but the pace is frenetic. The Louvre was so full of people we could barely see the paintings and sculptures. England, what’s not to love? They sort of speak our language and they like us. We are thinking of going back to Italy next year and seeing more of it.

Just got an ARC of a Warewolf e-book. I’ll send you a review.

70. geobun - June 21, 2010

Wait…Dot S. what is the Vampires in America series by D.B. Reynolds. I have not heard of it and I’m looking for a new series to read.

71. Dot S. - June 21, 2010

D.B. Reynolds writes this my fave vamp series. It is filled with action, dangerous vampires, romance, sex, mystery, wonderful prose and back story. She has 2 books so far. RAPHAEL bk1 and JABRIL bk2 with RAJMUND bk 3 coming in July. This is one of those series you need to read from bk.1.

Vampire Lord Raphael is the head of the vampires in his area of America which is the west coast. He hires former cop and now P.I., Cynthia Leighton to help him recover a female vampire kidnapped by humans from his compound. Raphael is not your sparkly kind of vampire but he is hot-t-t-t. There is sexual tension that builds to a very satisfying conclusion. Yet in the end we are left to see if everything will resolve in the next book.
JABRIL,(bk2) is a mean evil vampire lord whose teritory is Texas and New Mexico. He hires Cynthia to lure her away from Raphael’s territory and find his ward. This vampire is truly disgusting but Cynthia proves to be capable of taking care of business.
Both of these books are on Amazon if you search under D.B. Reynolds.

( I just sent Diana a review of her new soon to be published (June 24) warewolf e-book HEART OF THE WOLF.)

geobun - June 22, 2010

O.k. I’m sold. I getting book #1. Thanks!

72. Lisa Champ - June 23, 2010

Hey readers – while my TBR pile is fairly large, I am on the prowl (wink, wink) for some new shifter material. Any suggestions?

73. Dot S. - June 24, 2010

Lisa, have you read any Kelly Armstrong books? BITTEN is terrific. Then there is the one I mentioned, HEART of the WOLF by DB Reynolds.(sirenpublishing.com) Then there is the Psi-changling series whose author just skipped out of my head. Dang-nabbit I hate getting old. Just search that series on Amazon I’m sure it will pop up.

Lisa Champ - June 24, 2010

I have read some of Armstrong’s Women of the Underworld series. I’ve enjoyed the half of the series I’ve read thus far.

I’ll look into the others you suggest. Thanks!

74. geobun - June 28, 2010

I just read a pretty good book from J.A. Saare called “Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between.” I’ve been in a paranormal romance lull as of late. Been reading a lot of bad, very bad stuff. So this book was a nice surprise. I had never heard of this author before. Anyone else read any of this author’s stuff before?

Dot S. - June 28, 2010

I haven’t read this author (J.A. Saare) but I will check it out on Amazon.

I just finished Harlan Coben’s CAUGHT, fab page turner, could not put it down. Same goes for Carolyn Crane’s MIND GAMES, this one is really very original. I got out of the library, Jeri Smith-Ready’s WICKED GAMES and BAD TO THE BONE. I haven’t started them yet.

75. Dot S. - July 2, 2010

I couldn’t finish WICKED GAMES. I read about 30 pages and just couldn’t find anything interesting. Maybe I was in a mood. So I picked up SOMETHING BORROWED by Emily Giffin and liked it. I also read SOMETHING BLUE in which the main character was annoying but the story was worth the annoyance,it is a continuation of BORROWED. (Not my usual reading genre but recommended by a friend). Now I’m reading NOT QUITE A HUSBAND, a historical romance for the DSB bookclub. I’m placing my order with the big “A” for Chloe Neill’s TWICE BITTEN. I”m sincerely hoping for some action with Merit and Ethan. This is book 3 and we have waited long enough.

76. dotsbooks - July 6, 2010

I just made a ‘Gravatar’ out of my face and came to see if showed up. It did and I don’t know if I’m pleased or not. lol

Diana McCabe - July 11, 2010

Hey — I like it!


77. dotsbooks - July 6, 2010

Oh no they changed my name from Dot S. Oh well…..

78. Dot S. - July 13, 2010

I just finished Chloe Neill’s TWICE BITTEN. I have only one thing to say…don’t read it unless you have read the first two books. But yes, it’s a really good read. I also read MARRIED BY MORNING by Lisa Kleypas, so-o-o good. (yes, I’m still caught up in my Historical Roamance obsession)

Speaking of Chloe Neill…..I won an iPod Nano in her online contest. AND I won Twice Bitten and swag from another blog. It has been suggested that I take Chloe to Vegas. LOL (BTW… I won Friday Night Bites and swag online when that came out last year. Strange, right?)

79. Lisa Champ - July 14, 2010

Recently read THE REST FALLS AWAY by Colleen Gleason – I found it rather disappointing when it was all said and done. I’ve also read a few of Lora Leigh’s Breed Series – they are really quite steamy. Even though it isn’t paranormal romance, I just read THE RED PYRAMID by Rick Riordan – the first in his new young adult series called The Kane Chronicles. It was quite good, especially if you are into Egyptology. I just finished VICIOUS CIRCLE by Linda Robertson – loved it! I have a pile of books from the library, and I’m not entirely sure which one I’ll read next…

Diana McCabe - July 14, 2010

I read Colleen Gleason when THE REST FALLS AWAY first came out and I just did not get into the book at all. I have gone back to some YA novels. Reading WAKE by Lisa McMann. So far — so good. In the vamp category, a friend also just gave me DRACULA, MY LOVE by Syril James (a different take on Bram Stoker’s classic) and DRACULA’S GUEST — a collection of Victorian vampire stories. (I feel so bad bc I have a bunch of books to mail to you and I live 2 block from the post office. Bad, Bad Diana!)

Have my media pass for Comic-Con next week, but can’t figure out how I’m gonna do my Business Editor job and then scamper off to cover Charlaine Harris’ panel on Thursday at 5 p.m. And the True Blood panels are Friday — and that’s a tough day to take off in the newsroom. But I’m open to go on Saturday — and there is a vamp panel then. Plus — I can blog and Twitter for the U-T etc.


80. Becky - July 17, 2010

Just finished reading shadowland by alson nole, it is so awsome cant wait to read dark flame…wonder what happen next…

Diana McCabe - July 17, 2010

Ohhh — DARK FLAME not released yet in UK?

81. Lisa Champ - July 21, 2010

I read another Lora Leigh book – I picked up the ones the library had, so I haven’t read them in any sort of order, and there are still quite a few in the series I haven’t read yet.

I just finished LKH’s BULLET last night. I liked it better than the last couple in the series.

I’m about to start THE BODY FINDER, and I just picked up books 2 & 3 of KMM’s series. I’ve been meaning to read the next books ever since I borrowed the first book from you, Diana.

82. Mike - July 21, 2010

Hey all! I was fortunate enough to get on a reader/reviewer’s panel for “The Thirteenth Chime”, the YA Paranormal Romance debut novel by Emma Michaels. It is oh my goodness AWESOME!!!! You have got to check it out when it is released next month in stores and online!

83. Dot S. - July 24, 2010

I’m still stuck on Historical Romances. Read two by Sherry thomas, NOT QUITE A HUSBAND and DELICIOUS. Both good HR reads. Also ONE DANCE WITH A DUKE by Tessa Dare also very good.

But I haven’t given up on my paranormal obsession. I’ve read a fab ARC and will tell all closer to when it is published in October. And right now I’m reading a wonderful vampire novel which I will recommend as soon as I finish since it’s a gem.

84. buffy bot - July 27, 2010

I’m currently reading:
Broken Skin by Stuart MacBride
Creation in Death by JDRobb
Baboon by David Jones
Book 1 of Beyond the Spiderwhick Chronicles by Hooly Black and that other guy
Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
and I’m hoping to start the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs as soon as my company leaves.

85. Lisa Champ - July 28, 2010

I finished Derting’s THE BODY FINDER, which I liked very much. Also read BITTEN & SMITTEN by Michelle Rowan, which was sort of cute and fluffy. I am now reading HUSH, HUSH by Becca Fitzpatrick.

86. Diana McCabe - July 28, 2010

Lemme know how you like HUSH, HUSH. I haven’t read that yet. Reading a new YA — SHADE. And looking at a self-published author now … FIRE BURN AND CAULDRON BUBBLE.

Glad you liked THE BODY FINDER. I want to see how she develops that series. If you haven’t read the WAKE series you might check it out. Extremely fast reads. I liked ’em — altho many fans didn’t care much for how she ended the trilogy.


87. Sara Doutre - July 29, 2010

Just fisnished the study series by snyder. It was such an indepth world! Although sometimes I get a little tired of the self sacrificing women. Why can’t strong women ask for help?

88. Sara Doutre - July 29, 2010

Ooh, I forgot to mention, I read through all your recomends, the KMM highlander series was awsome, I loved how some of the aspects and characters tied into the faefever series. Have you read Kelley Armstrong’s YA books? They are excelent.
So I’m anxious for some new series’ I’m in the mood for something other than vampire…any ideas?

Diana - July 30, 2010

Have you read Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series? Good urban fantasy. Mercy T. Is an interesting heroine.


89. Sara Doutre - August 9, 2010

I love patricia briggs, can you think of any simular series?

Dot S. - August 9, 2010

Sara you might like Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series.

90. Tonya R. - August 15, 2010

I’ve just finished reading “Some Girls Bite” by Chloe Neill. Can someone say GREAT. I absolutely LUVD it. I am now reading book #2 “Friday Night Bites” and so far I am NOT complaining. I’m trying to read “Shakespeare’s Landlord” A Lily Bard Series by Charlaine Harris. I actually started this one before Some Girls Bite but can’t seem to put the Chloe Neill books down to get past page 3.
Ok.. Once I drop my son off at FSU on Wednesday, I am getting down to business. I plan to have book # 2 done and at least half of Shakespeare’s Landlord done so I can start on book #3 “Twice Bitten”

91. Dot S. - August 15, 2010

Tonya, isn’t it terrific when you discover a series and there are already three books ready to read? I too love Chloe Neill books.

92. Dot S. - August 15, 2010

I’m here reading off topic again. I just finished ROCK PAPER TIGER by Lisa Brackman. Really good character driven novel. I learned so much about modern day China and Irag War vets. Highly recommend!

Now I’m reading WARCHILD by Karin Lowchee. A Sy-Fi about kidnapped children forced into deep space wars. This sounds like it might be very disturbing but it isn’t. It is another character driven (as opposed to plot driven) novel.

Both books truly well written.

93. Tonya R. - August 15, 2010

Dot, It is terrific to discover a series with 3 books to read as long as you read it slow. I think I’m going too fast and I know I won’t be able to wait until the next book.

94. geobun - August 23, 2010

Here’s a proposition for us….meljean brook has a new series. She started it with a fun short-story called “Here There Be Monsters” in the anthology entitled Burning Up. The genre of this series is a bit new to me and its called “Steam Punk.” Her first full-length book is called “The Iron Duke.” She is giving away advanced copies of it. All you have to do is write a comment on her blog and promise to review on a blog/website by October. You must submit your comment by August 26th.

Diana McCabe - August 23, 2010

OK — I will go to her site now. Steampunk — subgenre of science fiction and I’ve heard the term applied to some books but not many. Futuristic tho so will give it a go!

Hopelessly behind in other reading. Why am I only interested in YA right now? Fast reads? Because my mind is shot after 10 hour days in the newsroom?

Headed to the blog now!

thanks — good idea!


95. geobun - August 26, 2010

Just started Kresley Cole’s new book. So far, I like it. The two main characters are funny. I found myself laughing out loud a few times.

Diana McCabe - August 26, 2010

Yeah — I just started reading it, too. Finally got home at a normal hour. Just said — that’s it — file your stories by morning or else I’m running wire. I’m not waiting until 8 p.m. — and I left. So maybe I can get some reading in tonite.


96. geobun - September 7, 2010

Diana Gabaldon’s graphic novel comes out 9/21 and she is appearing in La Jolla, CA on 9/29. Don’t know if I’d buy the graphic novel, but would be interesting to hear her talk.

Here’s the details:

Diana Gabaldon – “The Exile” at Warwick’s
Bestselling author of the Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon, will be discussing and signing her new novel, The Exile, at a special joint offsite event at the Gillispie School (7380 Girard Ave, La Jolla) with Warwick’s and Mysterious Galaxy on Wednesday, September 29th at 7:00pm. Please note: the speaking portion of this event is free and open to the public. The signing portion is ticketed – with a purchase of The Exile from one of the three participating independent bookstores you will receive a ticket for the signing line. Only books purchased from Warwick’s or Mysterious Galaxy will be able to be signed at the event. For more information on the signing policy for this event, please contact the Warwick’s Events department at warwicksevents@yahoo.com.
Diana Gabaldon’s brilliant storytelling has captivated millions of readers in her bestselling and award-winning Outlander saga. Now, in her first-ever graphic novel, Gabaldon gives readers a fresh look at the events of the original Outlander: Jamie Fraser’s side of the story, gorgeously rendered by artist Hoang Nguyen.

Diana McCabe - September 11, 2010

I’m gonna buy the graphic novel — see my latest post …. it links to her blog and you’ll get a nice “butt” shot of Jamie etc. But will also try and go to the book signing. Dunno what I’ll ask her but I’ll cover it. (I’ll just abandon work early no matter what!)


97. Lisa Champ - September 12, 2010

Since the move I have read Claudia Gray’s EVERNIGHT and STARGAZER. I enjoyed both. I will be pleased to read HOURGLASS in the future.

I have also just read Neill’s TWICE BITTEN – loved it and want more!

And, Ione’s SIN UNDONE, and I just started Rachel Vincent’s STRAY. I thought I’d give this series a go.

geobun - September 15, 2010

What did you think of Ione’s Sin Undone? I liked the first one, but the other ones not as much…

Lisa Champ - September 16, 2010

I enjoyed Sin Undone well enough. I’ve enjoyed each of the books, but I agree that the first in the series was by far the best. I have liked each of the books, but the series isn’t a favorite.

98. Dot S. - September 15, 2010

I got my Kindle3 the end of August and I’m like a kid with a toy. I’ve downloaded and read four free books from their current selection (as opposed to classic selection) and they have all been worth what I paid for them. So that said I’ve just got my first paid-for book EXIT STRATEGY by Kelly Armstrong and I’m half way through, enjoying it. It’s very different from her other books.

My non-kindle reads for Sept so far:(Still romantically inclined)
ON THE EDGE by Ilona Andrews (nearly perfect)
Slightly DANGEROUS by Mary Balogh (Hist. Rom. good)
STEALING HEAVENby Madeline Hunter(Hist. Rom. good)

99. Dot S. - September 15, 2010

I’m continuing here cause the last post insisted it needed posting on its own. πŸ™‚

PRIVATE ARRANGEMENTS by Sherry Thomas (His.Rom gd.)
WHITE LIES linda Howard (Rom. Suspense good)
(another historical I read online free, good)

Free online read/download is NANCY’S THEORY OF STYLE by Grace Coopersmith (Marta Acosta) on Scribd.com.

Diana McCabe - September 16, 2010

OK — I had to take a short break for a good old highlander historical so am quickly reading THE DEVIL WEARS PLAID by Teresa Medeiros, who also writes paranormal romance. Ummmm — it follows the formula but I’m OK with it right now!


100. Dot S. - September 16, 2010

LOL the pick I’m ready to send you is a Medeiros vampire novel. We must be on the same wave length.

(I finished Armstrong’s ‘Exit Strategy’ and have to confess I did not enjoy it. I was really disappointed since I like her Women of the Otherworld series. It was just not my cuppa, I guess.)

101. Dot S. - September 30, 2010

I just read HUNGER GAMES by Collins and I have to say it was worth all the hype. Now I’ll have to read the rest of the trilogy.*****
I also just finished:
BORN TO BITE by Lynsay Sands (not my favorite in the series, but good)
SCANDEL SHEET by Gemma Halliday ***
I’LL BE SLAYING YOU by Cynthia Eden ***
PENELOPE & PRINCE CHARMING,Jennifer Ashley(free Kindle, ****)

102. Lisa Champ - October 6, 2010

I just read the first four in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series: VAMPIRE ACADEMY, FROSTBITE, SHADOWKISS, and BLOOD PROMISE. I am enjoying the series, and they are super-fast reads.

Also read Cole’s newest DEMON FROM THE DARK.

I just got Vincent’s ALPHA, Adrian’s TAKEN BY MIDNIGHT and Mead’s SUCCUBUS ON TOP. So, onto the next book!

103. geobun - October 9, 2010

That’s a lot of books! Would like to hear what you think of Vincent’s Alpha. I really enjoy the Succubus on Top series.

104. Lisa Champ - October 13, 2010

I enjoyed ALPHA. I thought it was a decent wrapping up to the series. There were a few bits that seemed rushed, which got on my nerves, as well as bits that felt like they were sort of left hanging just a bit. It was not my favorite book of the series, but was an adequate ending.

I also, finally, read G. Aiken’s DRAGON ACTUALLY, as well as FLAMES & CHAINS. I really enjoyed both, and will happily read more when I can get my claws on them. πŸ™‚

I just finished Adrian’s TAKEN BY MIDNIGHT. It was, by far, my least favorite book in the series. I just couldn’t get into the story and couldn’t bring myself to care about Brock and Jenna. To me, it seemed as it just served to forward the overall story just a bit, and that is all. I’ve really liked this series, but just really disliked this book. I do, however, look forward to the next book. Hopefully, I will find it more to my liking.

Diana McCabe - October 14, 2010

Hey you — How are things going!!! I like G. Aiken’s DRAGON ACTUALLY!!! (I have the Vampire Academy series — not as far along as you. She’s pretty cool author. Saw her at Comic-Con.)

Lisa Champ - October 15, 2010

I’m ok. Trying to get settled in. Not fully unpacked yet even. Mostly, I just need to find a job. Boo hiss.

But, I am reading lots of good stuff – I haven’t been watching any tv – reading instead.

105. Sara Doutre - October 13, 2010

Please help, I want to re-read a book series and I can’t remember the title or author and I thought you guys might be able to help. When I was in the hospital I found some books that got me into paranormal romance, but I was a bit out of and and remember little of them… Here’s what I do remember.

It was a woman who dated?? Had a relationship with a vampire whom she left to live alone. Through some twist of fate she almost dies and the vampire takes her heart out and puts it in a box so it would be harder to kill her. I recall the vampire’s new girlfriend was a powerful, gelious witch and the main character’s fling was a warewolf. Does any of this sound familiar?

Diana McCabe - October 14, 2010

This is not ringing a bell with me. Hey – guys — can anyone help Sara out on this one? (Dot — does this sound familiar?)


Dot S. - October 15, 2010

I read Sara’s description and I have this itch that tells me that it feels familiar but I can’t quite place it. So the bottom line is I’m no help at all. Sorry. Could it be J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood and you, Sara, have confused the parts about who gets their heart removed? On the other hand,I can’t remember warewolves in that series.

Lisa Champ - October 15, 2010

I know it isn’t The Black Dagger Brotherhood. But, I have no idea what the series is that you are looking for. Sorry. 😦

106. Dot S. - October 15, 2010

I read these Free Kindle books:
Enchanting The Lady by Kathryne Kennedy ****
Crime Scene At Cardwell Ranch by BJ Daniels ****

I just finished Deanna Raybourne’s Lady Julia Grey Series up to the current book. This is a good Victorian Mystery series with just a hint of romance.($9.99 bundle on Amazon)

Also downed my first SciFi Romance UNMASKED by CJ Barry. Really enjoyed it which was a surprise since I don’t generally like reading outer space stories. (Love the movies, though)

107. Sara - October 17, 2010

I figured it out! Jennifer arminstrout’s turning series. Thanks for your help!

Diana McCabe - October 17, 2010

Oh — Don’t think I’ve ever read that series. Glad you figured it out!

108. geobun - October 22, 2010

More free or really cheap Kindle books:

Curran by Gordon Andrew’s, Ilona Andrew’s husband.
You can get it free from Ilona’s website or for .99 on Amazon.

Outlander with Bonus Material by Diana Gabaldon. Yeah, can you believe it is free on Amazon. The bonus material didn’t really do much for me.

Under Her Skin – Anthology by Jeaniene Frost, Meljean Brook, and Ilona Andrews. For $2.99 on Amazon.

Diana McCabe - October 22, 2010

What was the bonus material? If you email me — I can post! Headed to SF on Monday for a little vacay. Will be taking my gear so will post fotos and will be reading lots of stuff!!!!


geobun - October 23, 2010

Yeah, I was excited about the bonus material too, but don’t be. The bonus material includes a brief interview with Diana Gabaldon and questions for your book club to discuss.

It was kinda weird to read the questions and imagine people discussing scenes from Outlander. I mean it ain’t that deep.

Anyway, my suggestion…don’t post the bonus materials.

Been interesting to read, in e-book form, the short stories or teasers from authors. That has been getting me through this book drought.

109. Dot S. - October 25, 2010

I’ve read another Teresa Medeiros book a Historical Romance, SOME LIKE IT WILD. It was a good read.

I just finished an unusual (for me) anthology of erotica. THE SWEETEST KISS: RAVISHING VAMPIRE EROTICA. The writing in this was top notch. I was always under the impression that eroticas main purpose was to arouse but these stories, although sexy, were dark and certainly didn’t leave me panting. I think “ravishing vampire literature” would have been a more fitting title.

another recent read THE BITE BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Heidi Betts contains 3 novellas by the same author. Each one is loosely linked by the same character. These were HOTT and the first two a bit light weight for may taste but #3 was a vampire take on the movie IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE and was good. Actually all three were good.

I read the graphic novel THE EXILE and can’t say I liked it. Pretty pictures but not my cuppa.

sitting in my TBR pile is Medeiros’ THE VAMPIRE WHO LOVED ME. I’m expecting it to be a fun read but I’m craving really something that is really light without being too Chick-lit

Diana McCabe - October 25, 2010

U want to do a book pick on The Sweetest Kiss? I think I shy away from some of those authors because — well — I’ve tried a few and they were a bit much for me. I think done correctly — they’re good but haven’t read anything in the vampire erotica genre …. I think my bad luck came in reading erotica about dudes who turned into lions …..


110. Dot S. - October 26, 2010

Hi, I’m thinking a maybe on the Sweetest Kiss. Let me mull it over. It was good writing. Not the usual pulp fiction. LOL

Came home from the supermarket this morning, plopped myself in my reading chair and read The Vampire Who Loved Me by Medeiros. Got my dose of romance and light.

Hot in the Northeast today…well hot for us this time of year. actually had windows open and fans on since our A/C is buttoned up for the winter.

111. Lisa Champ - November 2, 2010

I am making my way through KMM’s Highlander series, which I got used at a flea market recently. I just started THE IMMORTAL HIGHLANDER. After these I might have to get back to the Fever series – I don’t know yet. I have a lot on my TBR piles.

Diana McCabe - November 2, 2010

I love KMM’s Highlander series. And some of those characters show up in the Fever series. But I still have all of those books. They are nice, funny, dreamy reads that you can devour quickly!


112. ReviewerOfRomance - December 7, 2010

I read a lot of Paranormal Romance books, but I especially liked Immortals after Dark by Kresley Cole

113. monica creech - December 10, 2010

I actually love any and ALL paranormal romance!!!!!!!!! All suggestions of any books I’ll take’em! Thx

114. monica creech - December 10, 2010

Love all paranormal romance any and suggestions for books & authors I would looooove it!!!! Thx

115. Ann McNally - January 4, 2011

I just started reading the Twilight series by Maggie Shane I am have a real problem getting my hands on books 3, 4 and 5 of the series. I totally love every book I have read by Maggie, why is it so hard to get books published in the 1990’s. That includes alot of different authors’ books.

116. Dot S. - January 18, 2011

Dot’s January Reads (so far):
The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook **** UF

Burning Up by N. singh, A. Knight, V. Kantra and M. Brook **** anthology

Hide and Seek Edited by Alison Tyler and Rachel Kramer Bussel **** Erotic Anthology

More Than a Mistress by Mary Balogh **** HR
No Man’s Mistress by Mary Balogh *** HR

Romaning Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn **** HR

Dracula In Love by Karen Essex **** PNR

Where Dreams Begin by Lisa Kleypas **** HR

Mistress By Mistake by Maggie robinson *** HR

Lessons From A Scarlet Lady by Emma Wildes **** HR

117. Kelly - January 29, 2011

A book I just finished reading and loved was I EAT BUTTERFLIES: Tales of Vampires, Mages & Mutants by Raven c.s. McCracken. It’s a collection of 3 sci fi & dark fantasy/paranormal romance short stories/novellas that’s smart, sexy and funny. I found it on Amazon Kindle.

Diana McCabe - January 30, 2011

I am re-reading the Cat & Bone series by Jeaniene Frost in anticipation of the release of Book No. 5 (THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE) on Feb. 22. But I EAT BUTTERFLIES sounds good. A lot of times I find those collections disappointing but this one even has an intriguing name! Thanks!
(Tough to find something to read after SHADOWFEVER — at least for me! But the Cat & Bones story is pulling me through!)


Lisa Champ - January 30, 2011

Love the Cat & Bone series! Looking forward to the next one…

Michelle - January 30, 2011

I eat butterflies sounds really good. If there was a way to read it other than Kindle i would get it.

118. Kelly - January 30, 2011

I don’t have a Kindle myself. I downloaded the free Kindle apps Amazon offers for PCs and Android phones and read it that way. (Love that I don’t have to carry around an extra thing in my purse and only have to charge one device at night – my phone. =) You can get the free apps at http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=amb_link_353398442_26?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=browse&pf_rd_r=1MRKC5GVBD6DM75KKY5K&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1286282402&pf_rd_i=1268192011 They’re available for Mac, PC, Android, Blackberry, iPad and iPhone so far.

119. Lisa Champ - January 30, 2011

The most recent books I’ve read are:

ANYA BAST – Witch Fire; Witch Blood – both were decent
COOKE – Kiss of Fury
ARMSTRONG – Frostbitten. I like all of her WotU series, but I like the books centered on the wolves the best.
MONING – Dreamfever
ARMINTROUT – The Turning (Blood Ties series – book 1). I have just started book 2 in the series – Possession

120. Kim - February 16, 2011

I am currently reading Dreamfever…and am having an absolute panic attack about what I’m going to read once the Fever series is done (already read all the Highlanders)…
Any suggestions on books in a similar genre that I might enjoy?!?
PS: Also love Christine Feehan and Gena Showalter πŸ™‚

Diana McCabe - February 16, 2011

I know what you mean! Have you read Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark seires? If you like Gena and Christine, you will enjoy her series.

Lisa Champ - February 16, 2011

You might like Keri Arthur’s Riley Jenson Guardian series as well.

121. Lisa Champ - March 23, 2011

I recently reread Arthur’s Riley Jenson Guardian series. As well as:
Armintrout – POSSESSION
Cole – DREAMS OF A DARK WARRIOR – I definitely missed the lightheartedness and humor that shows up in the other books in this series, but I still enjoyed it.

I am now reading Kenyon’s NIGHT EMBRACE

122. Michael - March 26, 2011

The Keeper by Jessica Crawford Vernold

123. Lisa Champ - April 21, 2011

Most recent books read:

DARKNESS DAWNS – Dianne Duvall
IRON CROWNED – Richelle Mead
ASHES TO ASHES – Jennifer Armintrout

I’ve started Christina Dodd’s STORM OF VISIONS and am finding it rather dreadful and can’t get into it, so I think I will put it aside and start something else that is on my pile.

Diana McCabe - April 21, 2011

How do you like Alexandra Ivy’s books? I have an interview with her on the blog from a while ago. I’m finishing up an ARC from Lynn Kurland for a Q&A with her. And then starting the SHIVER series.

How are you??!!!!! Email me and let me know how things are going. (Did you have bad storms yesterday?)


124. Lissa - May 15, 2011

A Discovery of Witches- Deborah Harkness
Nicky Charles- The Mating
” ” The Keeping
” ” The Finding

Charlaine Harris- Dead Reckoning

125. Lisa Champ - May 26, 2011

Most recently read:


Feehan’s Drake sisters series – MAGIC IN THE WIND, TWILIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, OCEANS OF FIRE, DANGEROUS TIDES, SAFE HARBOR, TURBULENT SEA, and HIDDEN CURRENTS. I really enjoyed this series. I want to live in Sea Haven – and in the Drake house…

Harris – DEAD RECKONING. This was odd for me. While things certainly happened (people after Sookie, as always) it really didn’t go anywhere. A bit of a disappointment, really.

Diana McCabe - June 5, 2011

Hey — I know what you mean about the Drake house. Did you see this post I did about the inspiration for the gate and town? http://bit.ly/iudAX7

Yeah — pretty cool, eh? And if you go to Christine Feehan’s website, she has pics on the French castle/house that was main inspiration. She has a pretty nifty website!


126. La Deetda Reads - June 5, 2011

I’m reading and trying my best to get my blog going. Sure wish I knew what I was doing with the computer. Anyway here’s my latest:
In The Garden of Temptation-Cynthia Wicklund
A Fool Again-Eloisa James
Hell Can wait-Theodore Judson

Currently reading a Liz Carlyle ARC of The Bride Wore Scarlet, it’s a Paranormal Historical Romance, second in the series but so far I haven’t been in trouble cause I didn’t read Bk#1. It’s due out in July.

La Deetda Reads - June 5, 2011

Didn’t realize it would post my name that way. That’s me Dot S.

Diana McCabe - June 5, 2011

Hey Dot! I know you by your blog name, too! So what’s up with your computer? I actually did not post on my blog this week. Ack. But have a book pick to put up tonite! A good one!

I am trying to sort out which stuff to read next. Just bought the Game of Thrones so want to read that and post …. but haven’t started really yet! (Watching it on HBO.)

re Paranormal Historical Romance …. oh — a combo of many fave genres!!!!! (Spacing out now on who else writes paranormal historicals ….)

OK — gotta dash off and do some errands but hopefully will update blog …


La Deetda Reads - June 20, 2011

Good grief! Am I late enough responding?!? sorry bout that!!! It’s not exactly my computer, its my fuzzy head when it comes to doing things on wordpress. I want to put things in my sidebars and can’t figure out how to do anything that isn’t in the wordpress “catalog”. sigh Also can’t figure out how to ad a YouTube vid. I’m thick headed!

kathryn Smith writes historical paranormals. Madeline Hunter too. I’m sure there are more but those are the only ones coming to me right now.

I have watched the GoT and I am totally hooked. Wasn’t that Dargon finale fabulous! And poor Lord Snow stuck up there on the wall !! And Cat and Robb so broken up about Ed’s death! Goodness I’m really, really hooked. The acting is great and the romance is good especially Kahl and Kahleesi what a fabulous couple. But those dragons hatching was the best!

127. La Deetda Reads - June 27, 2011

I’ve just recently read DRAGON BOUND by Thea Harrison. I’ve got a review up on the blog. Now I’m reading a 2007 by Catherine Mulvany, SOMETHING WICKED, a PNR with my fave paranormals, vampires. Otherwise It is still HRs for me. I can’t seem to wean off of those Regency hottie Lords. This is strange since most of the books are pretty much the same.

128. Lisa - July 12, 2011

Since my last post I’ve read:


Adrian – DEEPER THAN MIDNIGHT. I liked Hunter being the focus. I look forward to the next book. Although, she is going to have to recruit some more members if she is going to keep going with this series. πŸ™‚

I am now finishing Armintrout’s Blood Ties series with book 4 – ALL SOUL’S NIGHT. This series has been really up and down to me. Some bits just really get on my nerves. I’ll be glad when I’m done with it, and I will then promptly trade the series into the bookman at the local flea market for something different.

Diana McCabe - July 12, 2011

Wow — You’ve been busy!!!! How do you like Kenyon??


Lisa - July 29, 2011

I’ve been liking Kenyon well enough. I’ve since read DREAM WARRIOR, BAD MOON RISING and NO MERCY. I’ve liked some of the books in the series better than others, but that always has to do with how I feel about the “hero” in each book. I like to be able to keep reading books in one world where almost all of the characters keep showing up in the books and they basically keep moving the main, over-arching bits along. I do; however, get annoyed that they all have to have a happily ever after. Yes, bad things happen, characters die, etc., but ultimately they all have to end up with a neat, little bow. It gets too predictable.

129. La Deetda Reads - July 20, 2011

I’m reading an ARC of SANCTUS by Toyne due out in September. It’s a thriller that I think will be a blockbuster. Next I will read THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morganstern also a sept. release. This one interested me because it has already been optioned for film by the producers of the Harry Potter franchise. (I’m so happy to be slightly weaning off of HR’s)

130. Diana McCabe - July 29, 2011

I am going to start Supernaturally by Keirsten White. I liked the first novel in the series — Paranormalcy. She’s a local author.

@Lisa — re happy endings … well …. if you don’t want happy endings and unpredictable stuff, start reading Game of Thrones!!!!!!!

@Dee — I actually could use a good HR. I’ve been watching North & South (the BBC version of Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel & not the Civil War TV miniseries) on Netflix …. Just in the mood for something like that right now. Too much debt ceiling and global/economic strife in my life.

131. La Deetda Reads - July 30, 2011

Just finished Jennifer Crusie’s MAYBE THIS TIME. What a surprise! This is a very paranormal book about ghosts and haunting with a good dose of sizzle. I could not put it down. I usually think of Crusie as a rather light, romantic read but this one bordered on the scary.
(I’m still Dot S. even if wordpress wants to call me by the blog name.)

132. Rhiannon Tiger Clause - August 26, 2011

I’m reading Dresden Files right now. I’m up to book 9 and I started three weeks ago… *grin* I haven’t loved a series this much since Anita Blake and Sookie Stackhouse!!

133. Debbiej - September 7, 2011

I have been very busy reading..working in a Library does that to you!
Monings Fever Series My favorite author hands down. I am a Moning Maniac!!!
Kresley Coles IAD Series love her, so funny!!
Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark Hunters ( I think her take on Acheron is great, because you’ve got to go through something to be something greater) I loved it!
Christine Feehan’s Dark Series Love it love it
Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld-really cool
J.R. Ward’s Blackdaggerhood- makes you concentrate and who,what when
L.A. Banks Dark Huntress series( at talent we lost recently)
Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed-a nice read
I have read every book in all these series and I am waiting patiently for some ARCs and the books to hit us here at the library!
good reading to all and to all a good night!

134. Lisa - September 29, 2011

Most recent reads:

Ashwood – RAVENOUS
Moning – SHADOWFEVER – omg, could that have been better?
Cashore – GRACELING – very weird
Showalter – THE DARKEST SECRET – this one has been my least favorite of the series. I just couldn’t make myself care about Amun

135. La Deetda Reads - December 12, 2011

I’ve read some good books since I posted in July. (Goodness, I can’t believe it was that long ago!!)

Julie Anne Long’s Pennyroyal Green Series- Fabulous HR
Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton Series- also fabulous historical romance

Sanctus by Simon Toyne, A
The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern, A+
Hounded by Kevin Hearne, A++
Before Ever After by Samantha Soto, A+
Once Bitten by Stephen Leather, A
Duncan by D.B. Reynolds (my fave series), A+

I’ve also read some not so good books but I think I’ll just leave you with the good ones.

136. Lisa - January 18, 2012

I have read a fair few Kerrelyn Sparks books and the first few books in Feehan’s Dark series (finally). Also, the first six books in Vaughn’s Kitty series, Clare’s CITY OF BONES, ASHES and GLASS, Stiefvater’s LINGER and FOREVER. Richardson’s GREYWALKER, Kittredge’s STREET MAGIC, Chance’s TOUCH THE DARK and CLAIMED BY SHADOW, Monk’s MAGIC TO THE BONE, Warren’s WOLF AT THE DOOR and SHE’S NO FAERIE PRINCESS. And, I finished the Hunger Games trilogy – so excited for the film!

137. Diana McCabe - January 18, 2012

Hi Lisa — So good to hear from you. I am halfway through LOTHAIRE. Ummmm — it’s different but not different from her series. Liking it so far. We shall see how it ends! Will post review in a few days. Glad you liked Hunger Games. Now I can’t wait for movie! You’ve listed a bunch of good book titles. So many books — not enough time to read!


138. Lisa - March 12, 2012

Recent reads:

Neill – DRINK DEEP – I was quite annoyed with the ending of this one

Diana McCabe - March 12, 2012

Soooo — what did you think of River Marked?


139. Lisa - March 12, 2012

I was a bit underwhelmed. I enjoyed it well enough, but I expect a bit more from this series. It felt like a lot of treading water, and when it seemed like the story was really getting somewhere everything fell a bit short. I still love Briggs and look forward to reading the newest Alpha & Omega installment.

Diana McCabe - March 12, 2012

Yeah — I thought the first half was way too slow. Took too long to get to the real story. I still lover her stuff though and waiting for the next release.

I’m about to crack open a Gena Showalter book …. Paris’ story. We’ll see how that goes!

(Have you read Hunger Games yet? If not — just read first one. I liked it.)


140. Lisa - March 12, 2012

I blew through that trilogy – absolutely fabulous. I’m so excited for the movie.

141. Jen - April 6, 2012


I read Paris’s story and it was ok. Actually quite interesting. I wonder whose story will be next. Did you read the Blackdagger Bortherhood series?

Diana McCabe - April 6, 2012

I’ve got to put up my review on Paris’ story. Just running behind! I have read some of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series — but not all. The early books in the series were intriguing but then they got a little too weird for me! I know she has a ton of fans. I keep saying I’ll pick up one again though. Are you a fan?

Thanks for stopping by the site!


Lindsay Walker - April 24, 2012

Her last book was AMAZING I couldn’t read another book for a week after I finished it. I was so emotional for the whole book I felt actually connected to them.

142. Lisa - April 24, 2012

Most recent reads:

Kenyon – RETRIBUTION (not a favorite in the series)
Hauf – SEDUCING THE VAMPIRE (really crummy)
Feehan – DARK CHALLENGE (I’m just not getting into this series like the sisters series)

143. Lindsay Walker - April 24, 2012

I just finished reading Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series and I absolutely loved them! She is a genius and you can tell by her writing and her snarky comments. I definitely recommend this one!!

144. Leelia Mendoza - June 6, 2012

I lke your blog btw…:)

I just wanted to let you know about this author tI’ve been reading, Alexandria Infante, author of Teaching between Midnight and dawn. I think she is a talented author (her book came out last year, but I just found it), and the fact that she is Latina in this genre is awesome. In the paranormal field, you don’t see many Latinas, and the ones that you do see, don’t seem to get the reconiztion that they should.

Her book is somewhere between Twilight, Underworld and Interview with the vampire; all based off of Egyptian myths.

I love the fresh new characters, and the fact that her main female character is Latina. I would say to everyone out there, check out her books and her site. Don’t be put off by the fact that she’s a minority, her work is amazing!

leelia Mendoza

Diana McCabe - June 6, 2012

Cool. Thanks for the suggestion!!! (For those interested — here’s a link to Alexandria Infante’s website: http://alexandriainfante.libroville.com/pages/about-me) I will have to add her to my pile of books to read!


145. Lisa - June 6, 2012

Recent reads:

Black – TITHE
Feehan – WILD RAIN
Richardson – POLTERGEIST
James – The Fifty Shades trilogy
Roth – DIVERGENT —-look forward to INSURGENT

Diana McCabe - June 6, 2012

I have got to read Divergent — heard it is good. I keep meaning to post my review of Deadlocked. Just been swamped! (I liked Aiken’s first Dragon book “Dragon Actually” but haven’t read the others. And haven’t read Christine Feehan in a while. She got me started on this whole genre!!!!)

Good to hear from you!!!!

Lisa - June 8, 2012

I found the second Dragon book at a flea market, so I thought I’d give it a try. It centered on the brother, Briec. I enjoyed it. I really liked Divergent. Interesting world. I liked Deadlocked more than the last Sookie book. It seemed like a decent set-up for the last of the series. I just started Feehan’s DARK FIRE….slowly working through the Carpathian novels (there are so many), but I still like the sisterhood series best.

146. Lisa - July 17, 2012


Feehan – DARK FIRE
Frank – JACOB
Stiefvater – THE RAVEN BOYS – won this ARC on Goodreads…:)

Diana McCabe - July 17, 2012

What did you think of LKH’s Hit List? I loved the Wake trilogy by McMann. (My review: https://paranormalromance.wordpress.com/2010/07/18/book-pick-if-youre-into-dreams-stay-up-to-read-wake-trilogy/)

OK — check out my Outlander news!!!!!!!!


Lisa - July 23, 2012

I thought it was a bit better than the last book or two in the series. It was nice that the entire book wasn’t just Anita having sex with every guy she meets and then feeling sorry for herself about it.

I’m really excited about the Outlander series. I guess I will be adding that series to my TBR pile. I will want to brush up on it all again before the show is made. πŸ™‚

147. Choc - August 14, 2012

I hope somebody can help me find a series that I read two books from. I don’t remember the author’s name either! It starts with 4 ( or is it 5?) Lords riding from battle. They stop to rest at a wizard’s castle. The wizard has 4/5 daughters. The Lords are mated to each daughter. One of the Lords is very cruel. He rejects his mate. Anyway, flash forward to the 21st century and the Lords have to find their reborn mates.

Diana McCabe - August 15, 2012

OK — this book sounds really familiar but I cannot think of the name. Anyone else out there recall this? It’s going to drive me nuts until I think of it!


148. La Deetda Reads - October 2, 2012

Hi Diana- I just read a great ghost story, THE SHADOWY HORSES by Susanna Kearsley.

149. Lisa - October 2, 2012


Andrews – ON THE EDGE
Anthology – MOON FEVER
Kittredge – DEMON BOUND

Currently reading – Ivy – DARKNESS UNLEASHED

Diana McCabe - October 3, 2012

What a list! I’m currently reading Kresley Cole’s latest release: “Poison Princess” — her first YA paranormal. I was up very late reading ….

150. Lisa - December 14, 2012

Most recent reads:

Cole – SHADOW’S CLAIM – I look forward to see where this series goes and how it continues to tie in with IAD.

151. La Deetda Reads - May 5, 2015

Hi Diana, I’m just popping in to see how you are and wondering why no new posts. I’m into the fourth year of my blog and to think it all started here on your blog. Thanks for giving me a place to start.

Diana McCabe - August 29, 2015

Hi — My blog has been really slow this year because the day job in the newsroom has kept me sooooo busy. Hoping to get back to my blog again soon. thanks for the note!!! Sorry it’s been so long since we’ve yakked!

La Deetda Reads - August 29, 2015

I just had a popup that said your domain name expired on aug.23. and you should renew. I can’t figure out why they are letting me post. Anyway, good to hear from you. I’m currently reading a PNR novella, THE BITE OF WINTER. It is more erotic than most PNR but that seems the way much is going since 50-shades.

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